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Graduate Diploma in Business Studies

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.
  • Some courses are offered in block mode.

A stepping stone

Use this qualification to change the direction of your career.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies is useful if you wish to keep up with professional developments in your field and are short of time. Or you may have found yourself working in a different field of business to that in which you hold a qualification.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies enables you to study another subject without completing a second bachelor’s degree. The graduate diploma is a bridging tool to gain the equivalent of an undergraduate major in a specific area so you can go on to postgraduate study.

This is an undergraduate diploma, designed for those who do not have a degree in the subject you wish to pursue.

You need to be a university graduate to enrol in this programme.


The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited.

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 300 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration, communication and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

Credit towards the BBus

If when you complete this graduate diploma, if you would like to progress to a Bachelor of Business (BBus), you may be able to credit your courses towards it.


This is a flexible qualification, with no core or compulsory subjects. You can tailor your study to your interests or needs.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies is designed to be completed part-time over at least two years or up to eight years. It may be possible to complete the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in one year of full-time study if you do not choose an endorsement.


A good fit if you:

  • Would like to change from the major of your first degree to study a different business subject,
  • Want to update your knowledge with the latest developments in your field
Peter Francis
Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Human Resource Management)
Employment Relations Consultant (People and Capability) - Auckland Regional Council

“Though I have been in Human Resources for a long time, one is never too old to learn…”

I have been working in human resources for 20 years and it seemed like a good time to do some further study.

I had a lot of encouragement from my managers. It was my manager at my then workplace - the Aviation Security Service - who encouraged me to start this graduate diploma in human resource management as part of my professional development. When I changed roles and went to the Wairau Road PAK’nSAVE as human resources manager, the owner-operator encouraged me to continue my study. I attended lectures rather than study extramurally and enjoyed the ‘school room’ based learning. It was quite motivating and I could use my work as examples in class and understand and comprehend the learning to practice ratio.

I loved the study and found it not too hard considering it had been a long time since I last studied. I did struggle a bit with writing academically at first but the student help centre gave me really good suggestions which helped me achieve the grades I did. I think too that as I am working in the field of study, this was relevant learning which I could apply to my job.

As a mature student I found interacting with the younger students not only helped me with my study, but helped me in my work in human resources.

Though I have been in Human Resources for a long time, one is never too old to learn! The very first course, Organisational Behaviour, really helped me understand the complexities of the workplace as I have worked in larger private and government departments

Eventually I would like to become an employer consultant for small to medium businesses as I feel support for them is lacking in New Zealand.


For those already working in the field, the diploma will give you additional skills and bring you up-to-date on theory and practice. It may also be useful if you have found yourself in a role outside of your key area of specialty and wish to up-skill.


There are a number of scholarships available for those wishing to study business at Massey University.

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